I am forever grateful to Calvary Monterey for sending me on sabbatical this past summer. It was the best summer of my entire life. Taking a full two months for rest and adventure came at a perfect moment. (6 Minutes/1600 Words) Read More
The Psalmist spoke of children as a reward, a blessing. But do modern married couples believe this to be so? Should we have children? Are they still a blessing? I think so. (9 Minutes/2300 Words) Read More
One might read Paul’s words to Christian children in Ephesians 6:1-3, particularly his exhortation to obey their parents, and wonder if the Christian home is a cold and harsh place for kids. Nothing could be further from the truth, for as the mind of Christ fills His church, fathers and mothers grow to become more like Jesus. (3 Minutes, 600 Words) Read More
Paul had a vision of the church as a body. Individual members, marriages, and households comprised this living, breathing organism. He envisioned and exalted and enthroned Christ as the head of that organism, that body, that church. He saw Jesus as the authoritative head of the church, but also as the mind and heart of the church. (5 Minutes/1000 Words) Read More
Modern parents can learn much about their role by learning how the apostles led the early church. They considered their role a parental one, for they were spiritual fathers caring for a new generation of baby Christians, raising them to full maturity. Paul felt that fatherly role toward the church in Corinth. (3 Minutes/500 Words) Read More
The believers in Antioch were far different from the culture they lived in. Because they lived in an environment without a connection to Judaism like the church in Jerusalem had the Christ-followers in Antioch stuck out like a sore thumb. Antioch was a Roman city, influenced by the Roman and Greek way of life, the third largest city in the empire. So, as people watched those believers do their thing, a new title began to form. They were called Christians because they followed Christ. (5 Minutes / 1000 Words) Read More
The authors of the New Testament, or the entire Bible for that matter, were not oblivious to the hard conditions found amongst humanity. They were conscious of the turmoil and pain many people groups have been forced to toil under. As the gospel of Jesus Christ spread, so did the church’s understanding that women, children, and the working class have often been abused in various systems, cultures, religions, nations, time periods, etc.
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Theme: Pilgrims want the house of God to impact their house, so they look for God’s help, health, heritage, and heroes. Read More
When Christina and I met there were no children in the picture. Eventually, after dating, engagement, a wedding, and a brief time of marriage, children came along...
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